Trump threatens ‘war-like posture’ if Democrats investigate him

08 November, 2018, 14:25 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Democrats gained more than enough seats to take control of the US House of Representatives but lost ground to Republicans in the US Senate

Trump has long felt aggrieved by the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Trump has threatened to retaliate for any Democratic investigations with his own probes in the Senate into alleged "leaks of classified information".

Trump, who had spent months demonizing Democrats as lawless "mobs" and telling his rally crowds that their ascendancy would tank the economy and plunge the nation into crime-ridden chaos, said Wednesday it was time for bipartisan co-operation.

Early on Wednesday, Mr Trump added: "Now we can all get back to work and get things done!" The GOP did add to its majority in the Senate. Now we want to say goodbye'?

Mr McConnell said the Republicans "had a very good day" despite the House loss.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will begin to examine the monies that the president and his family have earned as a result of foreign diplomats staying at hotels the Trump Organization manages - it doesn't outright own them - in Washington and NY.

Pelosi, who is likely to return as House speaker despite opposition from some centrist Democrats, promised that the party will serve as a counterweight - but also work with Trump.

"I think people like the job I'm doing", Trump told a free-wheeling news conference at the White House which featured several acrimonious exchanges with reporters.

Pelosi said the election Tuesday was about more than Republicans and Democrats.

If the White House doesn't block such requests in court, they could shed light on Trump's global business empire - and what role it's playing in United States relations with the world. "She has earned this great honour!"

"We will conduct the investigations that Republicans wouldn't conduct", Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell of California said on NBC's "Today" show.


The Republican president also clashed repeatedly with reporters at the White House, ordering them to be quiet.

At the Capitol, in the stately Rayburn Room - named after the last speaker who returned to the office - Pelosi was asked if she was confident she would become speaker when the new Congress convenes in January.

Said Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway: "I don't know that there will be much of an appetite for Democrat lawmakers to spend all of their time, or most of their time or even a fraction of their time investigating, instigating, trying to impeach and subpoena people".

Even in the Senate where Democrats lost ground, they won the popular vote in those races by 15 points (they got 57 percent of the popular vote; the Republicans - just 42 percent).

Acosta seems to resort to grandstanding and interruption in most of his interactions with Trump.

Mr Trump tweeted late Tuesday after staying quiet for much of election night. Democrats Claire McCaskill, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp were all defeated in their Republican leaning states.

"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans".

Midterm elections are always a referendum on the president, and never more so than in 2018, when Trump told voters across the country that he was on the ballot. He framed the election results as an acceptable setback in a game in which the deck was stacked against his party from massive spending by liberal donors, record high House Republican retirements and hostile media coverage.

Anticipating the possibility of keeping the Senate but losing the House, aides in recent days had laid out the political reality to Trump, who could face an onslaught of Democratic-run investigations.

In a move seemingly created to steal some of the Democrats thunder the day after retaking the House, Trump gathered reporters for a press conference in the East Room of the White House to make the case that Republican voters rallied for politicians who mimicked the president and promoted his priorities and candidates who were cool on Trump lost.

Aides set up televisions in the White House residence for Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their guests to watch election results come in, with the sets tuned to different cable news channels.

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